Logistics -Transportation 

Macadamia farmers in for a four-year struggle

Trends in macadamia nut farming margins are showing a downward spiral of lower yields, lower prices and higher input costs. But with good management, farmers should be able to weather the storm. This was according to Juan Winter, managing director of Source BI, who was speaking at the AmberMacs Expo recently held in White River, Mpumalanga. “In 2019, farmers received on average R74/kg of dry-nut-in-shell (DNIS) for their produce, R83/kg in 2020 when the exchange rate was on their side, but then only R63/kg in 2021. We are still waiting…

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Corobrik donates pavers for Cape Flats informal settlement upgrade

Leading clay brick and paving manufacturer Corobrik has donated 250 m2 worth of paving for the Europe Informal Settlement Upgrade Project in Cape Town. Such has been the impact on the quality of life of the local community that the public plaza for which the bulk of the paving was allocated for is already being used for soccer, games and social gatherings, says Chandré Abrahams, Sales Manager, Western Cape. Corobrik donated its 65 mm Natural Earth variation paver. Europe is within 1 km of the Cape Town International Airport on…

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CEF data points to fuel price drops in February

Diesel and petrol prices are currently on track for further drops in February according to the latest information from the Central Energy Fund. The fuel prices are determined by international prices and the rand-dollar exchange rate and are effected on the first Wednesday of every month. The Department of Energy has stressed that the daily snapshots were not predictive and did not cover other potential changes, like slate levy adjustments or retail margin changes, which were determined by the department at the end of the month, taking all variables into…

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Town Hill roadworks start up again in January, in place until the end of February

THE northbound carriageway on the N3 Town Hill from Sanctuary Road to Link Road, will once again be restricted to two lanes from January 23, 2023, including the reduction to a single lane in the evening. The restriction on the southbound carriageway will be limited to two lanes during the day only. These restrictions are anticipated to be lifted by the end of February 2023, according to South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) Eastern Region project manager, Thabiso Dladla. The work was halted due to heavy rainfall in December 2022…

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Shacman X6000 800hp becomes the World’s Most Powerful Truck, dethrones the Scania 770hp

The new Shacman X6000 800hp has become the world’s most powerful truck beating the Scania 770hp with more than 30hp and 50Nm torque. The Chinese truck manufacturer enters the highway power fray where Swedish manufacturers, Scania and Volvo have dominated for while and promises to give the seasoned OEMs a run for their money. Volvo 750hp was introduced into the world in 2011 and ruled as king of the road for 9 years before being dethroned by the Scania 770hp in September 2020. Less than three years later, we see…

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TNPA puts out RFI for cruise terminal operator at Richards Bay

TRANSNET National Ports Authority (TNPA) is calling on interested parties to respond to the request for information (RFI) on the possible appointment of a cruise terminal operator to design, develop, finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer the cruise terminal at the Newark Precinct in the Port of Richards Bay. These efforts follow the introduction of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) logistics hub programme, which seeks to position the Port of Richards Bay as a dry-bulk hub and a strategic player in the renewable energy space, according to TNPA. This programme has also…

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Port tariffs to increase by an average of 3.3%

THE National Ports Regulator concluded, after considering the application by the National Ports Authority (NPA); the tariff methodology and tariff strategy; submissions from stakeholders during the public consultation period; and information at the Regulator’s disposal; that an appropriate overall weighted average tariff adjustment for the financial year 2023/24 is 3.32%. Acting chairperson of the Ports Regulator of South Africa, Dr Tshisikhawe Victor Munyama, made the announcement on December 1, 2022. In August, the NPA applied for an average tariff increase of 9.24% for the period April 1, 2023, to March…

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Urgent Interventions Needed to get SA Economy Firing in 2023

The stimulation of business growth and the promotion of trade-friendly policies are among interventions to boost the South African economy this year and reduce the unacceptably high levels of unemployment in the country, says Clinton Holcroft, CEO of leading South African truck and trailer body building company Serco. Load shedding Also necessary to get South Africa back on track after more than two years of Covid-19 turbulence is urgent action to reduce load shedding and improve performance levels at Government departments servicing the private sector, according to Holcroft. “Licensing departments,…

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Serco Introduces Smart Trailers Making Transport More Efficient

Truck and trailer body building company Serco has introduced a smart trailer system developed in partnership with South African technology specialists Ikhaya Automation. The smart trailer has real-time onboard weighing making it possible for operators to identify axle overloads right at the loading point. This innovation will go a long way to prevent possible fines and delays at weigh stations. The smart system sends an alarm when axle limits have been exceeded, enabling adjustments to be made. This system will be more useful especially at loading points where there is…

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Big drop in diesel, petrol prices announced

Diesel price will be cut by at least R2.69 while petrol price (both 93 and 95 unleaded) will be lowered by R2.06 on Wednesday 4 January 2023. A litre of 95 petrol will cost R21.40 in Gauteng and R20.75 on the coast. Petrol is now the cheapest, it’s been since February 2022, when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a spike in oil prices. Diesel prices remain more elevated than petrol and are still above levels last seen in April. Diesel will cost R21.23 a litre in Gauteng and R20.58 on…

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